Himalayan Splendor Tour

| 11 days

Himalayan Splendor Bhutan Tour offers an exclusive opportunity to explore the major tourist attractions of Bhutan. Initiating from direct flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Himalayan splendor tour gives us an insight to ancient culture, traditions and rituals that has been following by the locals since ages. Visit to unique landmarks, monasteries, Dzongs and museums along the splendid Himalayan views on our way through high pass makes this trip the perfect mix of cultural and Himalayan sightseeing.

Himalayan Splendor Bhutan Tour starts as soon as your arrival at Paro airport followed by transfer to Thimphu. While sightseeing around the capital city Thimphu, we visit around National memorial chorten, National library, Ancient painting school, Folk heritage and national textile museums, handicrafts emporium and Taschihodzong. Next day, the tour continues to Trongsa after around 8 hours of drive. If the views are unobstructed then, the fantastic views of snow capped mountains like Masagang, Tsendegang, Zongaphugang and other neighboring peaks. Further we will be exploring mystical places in Bumthang, Punakha valley and finally arrive at Paro. Sightseeing around the Paro comprises visit to Ta Dzong, the ancient watch tower which is currently served as national museum. In this way, our Himalayan Splendor tour comes to our conclusion flying back to onward destination with plenty of delightful memories.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation at Resort type Hotel.
  • 03 meals per day Except Kathmandu( B+ L+ D).
  • Entrance Fees to City and Monuments.
  • All Transportation by luxury vehicle.
  • International Arrival and Departure transfer in Kathmandu.
  • 03 Nights Accomodation in Kathmandu with daily breakfast.
  • Full day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with guide and entrance fee.
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.

Price Excludes

  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu(Except Farewell Dinner and Welcome Dinner)
  • Any Airfares and Airport Taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa fee & TDF fee.
  • Any cost occurred due to landslide, political disorder or natural calamities, flight cancellation or any unforeseen reason, etc.
  • Any cost items not mentioned in cost includes clause.

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01 : Arrival
  • Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. In evening welcome dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • After breakfast, introduce with the Sightseeing Guide & driver. We set to the first day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Today you will see the following spots; the details are as described below:

    The Swoyambhunath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is situated at the mound. From this Stupa you can closely look at the settlement pattern in Kathmandu and have a close look at the Chaityas and Monasteries which circles the main stupa of Swoyambhunath. This stupa also relates itself to the history of creation of Kathmandu Valley as how Manjushree, a Buddhist monk, saw a huge lotus emanating bright light at the centre of the lake. So he cut a deep gorge allowing the water to drain from the lake because he wanted to observe and worship the lotus where it is said that Swoyambhunath is situated.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square:
    Kathmandu Durbar Square welcomes you to the palaces, courtyards and temples built between 12th to 18th centuries where the then Kings used to live and the coronations of Shaha dynasty Kings used to take place. You might be amazed with the number of temples and architectural styles that you see in this courtyard. Moreover, you might also get the glimpse of Kumari, a living goddess, whose residence is within this courtyard.

    Kumari Temple:
    Kumari, Virgin Goddess, must be chosen from a Newar community, inhabitants of Kathmandu, with no body marks & injuries who will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.

    Kasthamandap meaning “Wood-Covered Shelter” is a three storied pagoda style temple which enshrines a statue of Gorakhnath. It was built in the early sixteenth century by the wood of a single tree which is open for everyone from mid day to mid night but people are not allowed to take the picture in the temple. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, is derived from this temple thus there are many myths and stories associated with this temple which is shared every year in a ceremony with different varieties of food by Newar community.

    Patan City:
    Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting melange of Palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life. A museum full of bronze statues and religious monuments is one of the fascinating places to visit within Patan Durbar Square. A temple entirely built by stone in the 17th century in the name of Hindu deity Krishna, is one of the major attraction of Patan
    Durbar Square.

    Tibetan Refugee Camp:
    The refugee camp set up by the International Red Cross & the Swiss Development Corporation in corporation in 1960 AD with the government of Nepal might be one of the areas where you would buy carpets and handicrafts created by them and to support the less fortunate people.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Paro, Transfer to Thimphu (1hr drive)
  • The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
    On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Afternoon free or program may be arranged, according to choice. Evening, drive to Mini Zoo where Takin, the national animal of Bhutan can be seen and before sun set drive to Sangay gang view point (2685 meters) to have view of whole Thimphu valley and walk through hundreds of colorful prayer flags that dot the hill overlooking the Thimphu valley.

    Stay overnight at Hotel River view/Hotel Migmar/Similar,Thimphu.

  • Day 04 : Thimphu Valley Exploration
  • Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.
    Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to: – National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy;
    – National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion;
    – Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;
    – Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
    – Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
    – Tashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

    Stay overnight at Hotel River view/Hotel Migmar/Similar,Thimphu.

  • Day 05 : Transfer to Trongsa (8hrs drive)
  • After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
    Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From here, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo forests.
    Stoppage en route at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check in at the lodge for the night.

    Stay overnight at Yangkhil Resort/Phuenzhi Guest House/Similar ,Trongsa.

  • Day 06 : Explore Trongsa/Transfer to Bumthang (3hrs drive)
  • After breakfast, walk by Trongsa Dzong (built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1647) and climb up a steep path to visit the Ta Dzong (watchtower), dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.
    Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km. from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km. from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.
    On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang (“where the saint’s body is imprinted on a rock”), Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan).

    Stay Overnight at Mt.Lodge/Hotel Peling/Similar,Bumthang.

  • Day 07 : Transfer to Punakha (7hrs drive)
  • After breakfast, explore further the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch, which will be served in a local restaurant famous for its cuisine. Check-in at the hotel on arrival.

    Stay overnight at Damchen Resort/Hotel Zangtopelri/Similar,Punakha.

  • Day 08 : Explore Punakha Valley/Transfe to Paro (4hrs drive)
  • Morning visit to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood damage from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue.
    After lunch, proceed to Paro, en route visiting a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people. On arrival in Paro, check in at the hotel.

    Stay overnight at Hotel Tandinling/Janka Resort/Similar, Paro.

  • Day 9: Paro Valley Exploration
  • Today’s full day of sightseeing in Paro valley includes morning visits to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum, and Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
    After lunch, we drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. En route, we also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.

    Stay overnight at Hotel Tandinling/Janka Resort/Similar, Paro.

  • Day 10: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
  • After early breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

    In evening Farewell Dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 11: Departure
  • After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.